Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a 77-year-old woman had her bag stolen on St Alban Road, Bedford, at about 5.05pm on Saturday (17 January).
The victim was carrying her blue bag over her shoulder when it was grabbed from behind pulling the victim backwards. It is believed that the strap broke enabling the offender to run off with the bag.
The offender ran off down St Alban Road into Kimbolton Road where they turned right and was last seen near to St Augustineâ€™s Road.
The blue bag contained a black and red wallet containing the womanâ€™s bank cards, Oyster card, rail card and bus pass as well as an orange diary, keys, and a Nokia mobile telephone.
The offender is described as wearing a grey knee-length coat and a hat.
Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, investigating said. â€œThis was a terrible crime.
The elderly lady could have been seriously hurt in this attack and has been left without her cards, keys and phone.
â€œI am very keen on tracing anybody who may have recovered any of these items in the local area or anybody who saw this individual either in the area before the incident or running along St Augustineâ€™s Road.
â€œSomebody will know who committed this crime and I urge them to contact me, in confidence, on 101 or text information to 07786 200011.
â€œAlternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.â€